Life Within My Lens

Travel …and sustainability

Hi, I’m Kaitlin. This blog began as a place for me to share my travel photos and journals after I ditched my 9-5 and bought a 1-way ticket to see the world solo. I had BIG plans! I wanted to go everywhere… and I went far. I’ve been to all 50 states and 22 countries!

I thought solo travel would be similar to vacations with friends and family… just without them. Without any expectations beyond that, I was shocked by the changes I endured. I did not know by exploring the world I would inevitably be exploring myself; figuring out who I was and evolving in the process. The plan was not to embark on my own Eat, Pray, Love story. I underestimated the true power of travel. The power of the world.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

– Mark Twain

This will continue to be a blog about travel…

and a place about taking care of our planet.
It is a place created to encompass and evolve humanKIND.

Life Within My Lens is full of my perspectives and insights gained from travel and life thereafter. It focuses on my commitment to living more intentionally; being sustainable and connecting to nature. Traveling solo made me more aware of myself. I learned that a single moment, a small choice, in my life is much more than that. My choices every day are far-reaching; affecting the lives of people all over the world.

If you are interested in becoming sustainable, click here to explore my journey. Or click here to read about how travel ignited my inner hippie and connected me back to nature.

Aside from getting back to the 9-5 (8-4), I am a photographer. I have been training my ‘eye’ since I was 10. This hobby has taught me about perspectives. The way I see something can, and often is, different than how someone else standing right beside me sees it. In photography, I change my angles and position ever so slightly, adjust the lighting/exposure, and get an entirely different picture. Travel helps train my mind in a similar sense. I gain new perspectives from more exposure to other cultures, locals, experiences, situations, places… It opened my mind and my heart and taught me true compassion. I learned to embrace the grey area of life because we cannot live in a black and white mentality. And finally, it proved to me that we are all truly connected- WE ARE NATURE.

To be free, you must conquer your fears.

Travel is my greatest teacher ;
it provides new perspectives
it opens up my eyes and exposes me to a World beyond what I know
giving me perspectives and insights my own experience and conditioning lacks.

If you are interested in embarking on a solo adventure click here for a boost of encouragement. This might be a few solo weekends away from society- in nature, disconnected; OR it could mean quitting your job and buying a 1-way ticket to somewhere on the opposite side of the globe. You can dip your feet in or go full plunge! I did a little of both… I dipped my feet in until I was ready to take that bigger leap. To read more about what lead up to me making that leap click here.

Even with wet feet, I never anticipated what it would be like to take the full plunge. I am a huge planner; I like to have control over my day and this required me to let that go. No one can fully predict the outcome of any plan; we don’t have as much control as we think. Plans get you started and guide you to the goal but we can not be so attached or we will lose the spontaneity of life.

solo travel- a photo of me in White Sands National Monument in 2018.